An Automatic HEp-2 Specimen Analysis System Based on an Active Contours Model and an SVM Classification

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The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is widely used for screening, diagnosing, and monitoring of autoimmune diseases. The most common methods to determine ANA are indirect immunofluorescence (IIF), performed by human epithelial type 2 (HEp-2) cells, as substrate antigen. The evaluation of ANA consist an analysis of fluorescence intensity and staining patterns. This paper presents a complete and fully automatic system able to characterize IIF images. The fluorescence intensity classification was obtained by performing an image preprocessing phase and implementing a Support Vector Machines (SVM) classifier. The cells identification problem has been addressed by developing a flexible segmentation methods, based on the Hough transform for ellipses, and on an active contours model. In order to classify the HEp-2 cells, six SVM and one k-nearest neighbors (KNN)classifiers were developed. The system was tested on a public database consisting of 2080 IIF images. Unlike almost all work presented on this topic, the proposed system automatically addresses all phases of the HEp-2 image analysis process. All results have been evaluated by comparing them with some of the most representative state-of-the-art work, demonstrating the goodness of the system in the characterization of HEp-2 images.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-1-307-21
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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